Ohio State at Wisconsin | Buckeyes Push Past Badgers
Ohio State at Wisconsin| Buckeyes Push Past Badgers
Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online| 1-06-2017
Madison, WI – The No. 17 Badgers hosted the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten home opener at the UW Fieldhouse. Meeting for the first time in Madison since 2013. The Badgers fell to the Buckeyes 15-23. Wisconsin won four of ten matches. Isaac Jordan, Johnny Jimenez, Connor Medbery and TJ Ruschell picked up wins for Wisconsin.
No. 3 Isaac Jordan got the Badgers off to an early 3-0 lead with a 4-1 win over Cody Burcher (R-So. 165lb). ‘Zeke’ scored a takedown and reversal against Burcher in the opening victory, securing his 100th win wearing a Badger uniform. Jordan was honored after the match, commemorating his achievement. Jordan commented “I’m happy to win it at home sharing it with my teammates and having my family here”.
No. 20 Ryan Christensen (Rs-So.174lb) faced Bo Jordan, cousin of Isaac Jordan. Bo and Isaac wrestled three times last season including the Big 10 final and the NCAA semifinal. Each time Isaac came up victorious. This year, Bo made the jump to 174lb where he is ranked No. 1. Christensen was aggressive throughout the match, but Jordan scrambled, countered and powered his way to a 15-7 major decision.
With Hunter Ritter injured, Elkhorn, Wisconsin native, Jake Stilling (R-Jr. 184), had his first start at the Field House. Stilling, making his second dual appearance as a Badger, faced returning NCAA 174lb. champion, No. 10, Myles Martin (So. 184). Martin took control early and scored a tech fall for the Bucks 22-6 (5:29).
At 197 No. 13 Ricky Robertson (R-Jr.) wrestled No. 5 Kollin Moore (R-Fr.). The match was close before Moore opened a lead in the 3rd period, scoring a takedown and four point near fall while compiling 1:18 of riding time on his way to a 12-3 win.
No. 2 Connor Medbery (Sr. 285lb) gave the Badgers a spark picking up five points for Wisconsin with a tech fall over Buckeye Josh Fox (Sr.) 16-0 in 5:17. Medbery made quick work of Fox, using tilts to pick up back points.
The Buckeyes’ held an 18-13 lead heading into the break.
Fresh off the decision to come out of redshirt, Johnny Jimenez (Jr. 125lb), knocked off No. 3 ranked Jose Rodriguez (R-Fr.). The recently repealed junior nearly scored a fall, holding Rodriguez on his back for almost a full minute in a tight cradle. Jimenez trailed early, but shook off the cobwebs in the second and third periods with a takedown and four point near fall on the way to a 14-2 major decision. After the match, Connor Medbery stated, “I’m glad to see Johnny back, getting a victory”. Jimenez said “I’m just happy to be back with my team mates”.
OSU held a narrow one point lead when Badger Michael Cullen (R-Fr.) was sent out to meet No. 2 Nathan Tomasello (R-Jr.) at 133lb. Tomasello nabbed bonus points for the Buckeyes with an 18-5 major decision over Cullen, bringing the score to 17-12.
At 141lb. No. 14 Cole Martin. (R-Fr. 141) wrestled a tough match, getting the first takedown on Luke Pletcher (Fr.) Pletcher would eventually rally and upset Martin 8-4, extending the Buck’s lead to 20-12 with two matches remaining.
Arrowhead 2x WIAA State Champion Andrew Crone (R-Jr. 149) went up against yet another Jordan. No. 5 Micah Jordan, cousin to Isaac and younger brother of Bo, took center mat against Crone. The first period featured an extended scramble that ended in Jordan’s favor. The match finished 8-2, with Micah Jordan grabbing three for Ohio State. The match score was then 23-12 OSU.
TJ Ruschell (Sr. 157lb) closed the dual with a win for Wisconsin as he picked up a 6-2 decision over Jake Ryan. (R-So. 157lb) Ruschell was able to get the W as he rode Ryan out for most of the final period, securing riding time as well.
Assistant coach Kyle Ruschell commented “It was good to see Johnny Jimenez back, ‘Zeke’ Jordan with win number 100 and TJ Ruschell fighting through after tweaking an injury early in the match”.
Wisconsin is now 3-1 overall, and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers are back in action next Friday, January 13th (7pm) at Nebraska.
165 Isaac Jordan (UW) decision over Cody Burcher (OSU) 4-1
174 Bo Jordan (OSU) major decision over Ryan Christensen (UW) 15-7
184 Myles Martin (OSU) technical fall over Jacob Stilling (UW) 22-6
197 Kollin Moore (OSU) major decision over Ricky Robertson (UW) 12-3
285 Connor Medbery (UW) tech fall over Josh Fox (OSU) 16-0
125 Johnny Jimenez (UW) major decision over Jose Rodriguez (OSU) 14-2
133 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Michael Cullen (UW) 18-5
141 Luke Pletcher (OSU) decision over Cole Martin (UW) 8-4
149 Micah Jordan (OSU) decision over Andrew Crone (UW) 8-2
157 TJ Ruschell (UW) decision Jake Ryan (OSU) 6-2
Isaac Jordan honored for 100 wins as Badger (Photo: Joe Kaster)
Johnny Jiminez works to pin Jose Rodriguez. (Photo: Joe Kaster)
Connor Medbery grinds on Josh Fox. (Photo: Joe Kaster)
Ref raises TJ Ruschells hand in victory.